Catalytic converter theft spree in Oak Park | Police reports Dec. 9-16

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

A string of vehicles had their catalytic converters have had their cut off in the past week. Starting Dec. 11, the catalytic converter was cut out of a River Forest resident's vehicle parked in the 100 block of North East Avenue between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11. The total loss was $2,200.

Police then reported that two men in their 20s attempted to cut out the catalytic converter from a Chicago resident's vehicle, which was parked in the 500 block of Adams Street, at 11:22 a.m. Dec. 12. 

Another vehicle had its catalytic converter stolen that same day in the 400 block of Adams Street between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A fourth vehicle had its catalytic converter stolen, an estimated loss of $2,500, also on Dec. 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the 300 block of Superior Street.



A person wearing dark clothing a surgical mask approached a man exiting a CTA Green Line train station and forcibly removed the man's Apple iPhone XS and Apple headphones from his coat pocket 6:52 p.m. Dec. 15. 

The report did not specify the Green Line station at which the incident occurred.


Motor vehicle theft

A vehicle was stolen between 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the 1200 block of North Harvey Avenue.

A person entered a victim's unattended and running vehicle, which was parked in the 100 block of North Oak Park Avenue sometime between 6:49 p.m. and 6:54 p.m. on Dec. 15 and then drove away eastbound on Lake Street.

A man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and dark pants drove off in an unlocked and unattended running vehicle 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue.



A package containing a 55-inch Samsung smart LED television was taken from an apartment lobby in the 400 block of Home Avenue at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The estimated loss of $477.

A person stole a delivery of a black and gold Cynebaby infant stroller between 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2:42 p.m. Dec. 10 from the 100 block of South Boulevard.


Someone broke into the Turano headquarters construction site in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road, stole a Husky floor fan and attempted to steal two large spools of copper wire sometime between 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 5:35 a.m. on Dec. 9. Estimated loss is $600.

A person entered an Oak Park resident's garage and ransacked the glove box of a vehicle during the overnight hours of Dec. 7-8 in the 1100 block of Wenonah Avenue.

Someone cut a small section of the rear window's exterior screen to gain entry to a residence in the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard sometime between 2 and 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 13 and stole a black nylon bag, miscellaneous jewelry, cash and a passport.

Someone stole the cash register from LV Nails and Spa, 501 Madison St., after breaking the lock to the back door during the overnight hours of Dec. 12-13. The estimated loss was $350.


Vehicular burglary

Someone pried open the driver's side window of a vehicle parked the 1100 block of Harrison Street between midnight and 7 a.m. on Dec. 11, unlocked the doors and stole a 50-inch Sony television. Estimated loss was $2,700.

Someone stole a member's Mark toolbox from a vehicle parked in the 800 block of Wisconsin Avenue between 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 11 after breaking the rear driver's side window. Total loss is $200.

A navy Swiss backpack containing miscellaneous chargers, credit and debit cards, a Ventra card, black and gold Apple watch bands and other sundry items was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 900 block of North Kenilworth Avenue during the early morning hours of Dec. 8.

Someone broke the side window of a vehicle parked in the 6700 block of North Avenue and stole 11 dry-cleaned garments out of it sometime between 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 5 a.m. on Dec 13. The estimated loss is $750.


These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Dec. 9-16 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: December 23rd, 2019 8:39 PM

Paul Clark, Editor's are expensive unless they also write storie's. I really do appreciate editor's, and maybe the more donation's the Wednesday Journal get's will help get an editor to review each writer's story. Do not forget if you have not already to make your donation

Paul Clark  

Posted: December 23rd, 2019 8:20 PM

Can the Wednesday Journal please employ a copy editor? These crime reports are the basics of journalism .... easy to write and relatively easy to copy edit. Maybe make an offer to an aspiring high school journalist if you can't afford to pay adult wages to do the job.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: December 18th, 2019 4:46 PM

@ Kevin Wilkowsli : Notice they pried the window, instead of just breaking the window. Takes 2 seconds to break a window.

Kevin Wilkowsli  

Posted: December 18th, 2019 1:21 PM

"Someone pried open the driver's side window of a vehicle parked the 1100 block of Harrison Street between midnight and 7 a.m. on Dec. 11, unlocked the doors and stole a 50-inch Sony television. Estimated loss was $2,700." Were 3 original Picasso's also stolen? Because I always keep a 2700 dollar tv in my vehicle. Doubt there was a tv in the vehicle

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